Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians / Edition 3

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Jones, a consultant in youth services, outlines elements of teen services for library professionals, touching on customer service, booktalking, programming spaces, and youth involvement. An extensive technology chapter explains filters, Web sites, instant messaging, blogs, and virtual author chats. For this third edition, updated and expanded collection development sections recommend books, magazines, music, movies, and video games. Some 35 pages of core documents provide sample checklists, surveys, and patron handouts. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Editorial Reviews

It would be quite easy to build an entire library school course around this thoroughly revised edition. It is all here-from the theory behind developmental assets and how to serve young adults, to the practical sample surveys and forms that would work well in any community. The chapter "Collections" and its related bibliography at the back of the book would enable any library serving teens (or LST as referred to by the authors) to create a balanced, outstanding young adult collection on the first try. Some great new features in this edition include an entire chapter on programming and "The Language of the LST," a fifteen-page glossary of sorts that covers young adult librarian jargon all at once, including everything from common acronyms, such as for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), to important people in the field, such as Michael Cart. Unfortunately there are many grammatical and spelling errors in this edition, which might enflame one's librarian sensibilities, but please do not throw out the baby with the bathwater. The information here is invaluable, especially to new librarians or for those who have learned all of this information piecemeal and for those who need a strengthening of resolve or an update of skills. Consider it an investment in continuing education for staff and one's self. 2004, Neal-Schuman, 425p.; Glossary. Index. Charts. Biblio. Appendix., $75 pb. Ages adult professional.
—Melissa Potter
School Library Journal
Consistent with previous editions, the authors seek to cultivate a "YAttitude" among their readers, which puts serving teens in the forefront. A core vocabulary of terms is listed at the beginning while core documents and an extensive bibliography are organized at the end. Not only are the building blocks of library services such as collection development, outreach, programs, booktalking, and teen space included, but the authors also discuss why they are important and why they work. Peppered throughout are examples of libraries successfully connecting with teens. This edition is a refreshing read for those who have been working with teens for years, and those who are just beginning the journey. Library school educators, administrators, and teachers will benefit from it as well. An upbeat, well-organized must-have for anyone working with this audience.-Kelly Czarnecki, Bloomington Public Library, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555705084
  • Publisher: Neal Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: How-To-Do-It Manuals for Librarians Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the language of the LST (librarian serving teens)
Ch. 1 Why : the philosophy behind services to young adults 1
Ch. 2 Who : understanding the audience 17
Ch. 3 When/where : state-of-the-art YA services 47
Ch. 4 Customer service 63
Ch. 5 Collections 97
Ch. 6 Booktalking 167
Ch. 7 Outreach and partnership 193
Ch. 8 Programming 219
Ch. 9 Spaces and promotion 253
Ch. 10 Technology 269
Ch. 11 Youth involvement 297
Ch. 12 Issues in young adult services 335
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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    Dip a toe in the world of young adult library services

    This book is a great introduction to young adult services. Despite being rife with an irritating number of typos and grammatical mistakes, it covers just about every conceivable aspect of YA services in libraries: getting the young adults in the door; reaching out to the young adults in your service area; booktalks; young adult interests and needs by age and developmental level; why YA programming is so important; overcoming and dealing with antagonism among library staff; programming ideas; building a YA collection; the importance and challenges of technology usage among young adults; and more! Written by some of the most respected, and experienced, YA librarians in the field, Connecting Young Adults and Libraries is a must-read for any librarian working with young adults today.

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